Wowowee in Vegas, a blockbuster hit!

ABS-CBN International’s daily noontime show, Wowowee held a record-breaking event at the Thomas and Mack stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada this last weekend (September 3, 2006). Wowowee became the first and only event to fill up the stadium to its 20,000 seating capacity - the same venue where the Pacquiao-Morales boxing rematch was held last January. And because of this overwhelming success, Las Vegas mayor declared September 3 as Willie Revillame Day.

Days before the event, it was reported that the tickets were already sold-out. The organizers opened more $25 seats (the farthest row, almost close enough to the hilt ceiling of the arena) on the day of the show. As early as 4pm that day, people had already brazing the humid afternoon and lined up at the audience entrance. It was 6pm when the stadium got full and could no longer accommodate people.

Lito Camo’s novelty songs medley was a hit to the Filipino audience. Willie’s co-hosts Marielle Rodriguez and Janelle Jamer were crowd drawers too. Even Wowowee lead dancer Luningning boozed the audience’s energy with her dance routines.

Once again, Filipinos showed their unity and generosity when Willie gathered a whopping total of $5,000 for a contestant who was having a hard time in the states.

“Kapamilya” executives ABS-CBN Channel Head Charo Santos, Star Cinema managing director Malou Santos, ABS-CBN Global senior vice president Raffy Lopez and Johnny Manahan who directed the show were all present to show their support to Willie Revillame. Other stars and personalities who were seen attending the show were Leandro Muñoz, Edgar Mortiz, Wyngard Tracy, and Atty. Michael and Millie Gurfinkel.

Wowowee, Live in Vegas will be shown on The Filipino Channel this Saturday, September 9, 2006. (Photos below courtesy of Bradford Adkins)

(Above: Wowowee host Willie Revillame opened the show emerging inside a giftbox lifted by a crane. Below: The overwhelmed host couldn't help to weep in joy seeing the Thomas & Mack 20,000 seats filled up by the crowd.